Happy Thanksgiving to EOC Friends and Family

The Eastern Ohio Chapter would like to wish our friends, families, and sponsors and very Happy Thanksgiving.  As we enter the holiday season, we want to acknowledge those who work with us day to day in our efforts to improve the built environment and focus on livable communities.  It is through collaborative efforts that we are able to enhance the built environment.

AIA Ohio 2014 Convention

The 2014 AIA Ohio convention is now a part of recent history and the AIA Eastern Ohio Chapter is happy to have been a involved in its development.  As Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana look forward to our regional convention this coming October in Columbus, on October 11,12 and 13th, you can revisit some of this years convention by going to the AIA Ohio Convention site at AIA Ohio Convention or the AIA Ohio Photographic Summary.  We Thank everyone involved in this years convention and look forward to seeing you in Columbus

The AIA Eastern Ohio Chapter, in collaboration with AIA Akron, will be hosting the 2014 AIA Ohio Convention this fall at Kent State University.  The convention is intended to connect the members of the profession with students of architecture as the AIA repositions itself as a more progressive organization.  Focusing on the the connection of academia to practice, the conference will provide education tracks that focus on business issues and success in the profession.  
Join AIA Ohio, Eastern Ohio and Akron for this years AIA Ohio Convention, September 18, 19 and 20, 2014 at the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center, Kent, Ohio.

Sponsors and Allied Partners

The Eastern Ohio Chapter would like to acknowledge our 2015 Chapter sponsors and Affiliates for the help they provide the chapter throughout the year.  From participation and support for many of our events and programs to their work on advocacy issues, these sponsors work with many of our chapter members throughout the year in helping us provide a more livable community.  We want to thank each of them for their support of AIA Eastern Ohio and the community.  You can find links to their information by visiting our Allied Members and Partners link under the Firms and Partners tab in the top menu of the site.  Again, thank you for your support of AIA Eastern Ohio.

The Chapter will be featuring one of sponsors each month and to help acknowledge their support of the architectural community.  If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact AIA Eastern Ohio for more information

Swing for Scholars - AIA EOC Golf Outing

Join us on Monday, June 23, 2014 for the Eastern Ohio Chapter’s Swing for Scholars Golf Outing at the Tippecanoe County Club, Canfield, Ohio.  The event will feature a four person golf scramble, hole in one prizes, numerous skill prizes, lunch and an award event featuring refreshments and hors d’oeuvres after golf.  Shot gun start is at 12:30 PM.  Your support of this event will be used to provide scholarships to deserving university students from our area pursuing a career in architecture.   Space is limited so your timely response is appreciated.   For reservations, sponsorship opportunities, and all other information contact Michael Fagan, AIA, 330.744.8981 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AIA Billing Index

The AIA released their December Work-on-the Boards report that provides a summary of the Architecctural Billing Index and overall trends in design services offered nationwide.  This report, which can be found here, reports that the overall billing is down from in the Northeast as well as all other major census regions of the country.  It is also reported that this is only the second month in the last 16 that the Index was below 50, and that this does not indicate a trend in the overall direction of the economy.

Tom Bode AIA

AIA Eastern Ohio extends our condolences to the friends and family of Tom Bode AIA.  Tom pased away after being hospitalized in Maryland.   Tom was a long time member of the Eastern Ohio Chapter and served on the Board of Directors in the early and mid 1980's.  As a respected designer, Tom was also known for his extensive knowledge of the code and for work with local building departments.  More information will be provided as the details become available.

Repositioning Update

The AIA Board of Directors at their December meeting elected to continue to move the institute forward by refining the changes in the proposed Board of Directors and the Council.  Through resolutions passed that promote changes in the awards programs and membership, AIA continues to refocus our energies on improving services to membership.  A summary of Board actions will soon be added that will provide an overview of this past weeks actions.

National Advocacy 2014 Call for Issues

As we approach the end of 2013, the AIA Board Advocacy Committee is making a sincere effort to contact as many members as possible to develop an agenda for the coming year that is based not on the concerns of Washington, but rather our members.  In an effort to better understand member needs, we ask that each member participate in our 2014 Call for Issues Survey.

This survey asks for you views on a wide range of topics, and the responses will be used by national staff and the Board Advocacy Committee to establish priorities and endeavor to become more proactive in our advocacy efforts.  This is a great opportunity to become part of AIA's advocacy effort.

Also included in this effort is the Board Advocacy Committee's reviews of three of the Institutes Policy and Position Statements.  We need you input to better understand member views on public policy.  If you would like to review the current Public Policy and Position Statements, they are available on the Advocacy website. 

Thank you for your time and energy in advancing the needs of the profession.

Bruce Sekanick AIA, AIA Ohio Valley Regional Director, National Board Advocacy Committee



Gary Balog FAIA, Awarded AIA Ohio Gold Medal

AIA Eastern Ohio member Gary Balog FAIA was selected by the AIA Ohio Board of Directors at their July meeting to receive the Societies Gold Medal Award. The Gold Medal is the highest award given to an individual by the Board.  Gary was selected from a number of qualified individuals based on his significant contributions to the profession through design, service and participation within the AIA.  Gary is a former AIA Ohio President and is a principal at Balog Steines Hendricks & Manchester Architects, inc of Youngstown and Columbus.  The chapter congratulates Gary on his selection. AIA Eastern Ohio will help celebrate Gary's selection at the AIA Ohio Valley Regional Convention in Louisville, KY where he will be officially recognized by AIA Ohio at an awards program at the Mohammed Ali Center. Members can help support Gary's selection by attending this years conference.  The officers, board and members of the chapter congratulate Gary him on this achievement. 

You can find out more about Gary and his achievements at the BSHM website.

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